I bought a case of this wine last spring (2011) at the Best of Book wine tasting hosted by Summit Beverage at Paws Up Resort. It’s my favorite wine tasting of the year–perfect venue, great food, and fine wines.
This is an easy table wine. Old world rustic with elegant, balanced tannins that leave a long finish without being too dry. Nice dried fruit and black pepper notes on the nose. With its low alcohol (13.5%) and gentle palate, try this wine in a Reidel Burgundy glass–the tapered rim helps concentrate the flavors and bouquet in the glass. I found the Bordeaux glass was a bit too big for this wine. I love having bottles of wine like this around–perfect for impromptu dinner parties, or for last minute gifts. Drink this wine with red meats, hearty cheeses, and pizza.
Rufina is a subzone, just east of Florence, and just north of the designated Chianti Classico region. There are five other subzones: Colli Fiorentini, Colli Aretini, Colli Senesi, Colline Pisane, and Chianti Montalbano. More Chianti comes from the subzones than the Classico designated area, and some of the best wines from the region are not Classico. By law, Chianti must be 75%-100% Sangiovese, up to 10% Canaiolo, up to 15% other red grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Up to 6% can also be from the white grapes Trebbiano or Malvasia.